Clearly visible and wind resistant, Rapha's Reflective Oversock is a simple product that works well and looks good.
Rapha has become synonymous with quality and innovative designs. Even in what could be perceived as a relatively simple item, the company has sourced strong materials for its Reflective Oversocks and constructed them well.
Rapha has taken the Cordura material used in its collection of luggage and applied it to these oversocks to add durability. The result is a rugged layer that will withstand plenty of abuse.
This ruggedness does mean they can be quite difficult to put on, which is perhaps the only drawback, but that said, I'd rather spend a little longer putting them on than needing to go and buy a new pair.
When they are on, they provide a certain level of windproofing (although not completely windproof) and take some of the edge off a quick shower. They have certainly helped keep my feet warm in the recent cold snap, despite me wearing very well-ventilated shoes.
The fit is also good, with the socks staying in place even on rides over bumpy roads and many miles. It is especially impressive given that many others I have used tend to need pulling up after a while; I never found that with these.
Another key element to these, of course, is the high-vis aspect. Rapha has sewn in a reflective yarn strip at the top of the sock and this, combined with the fluorescent green colour tested, meant they were very visible and light clearly reflected well off the surface. (They also come in bright 'coral', black and white.)
These being Rapha, they come with a higher rrp than most other brands, but with the quality that these have, I think they can justify it – and at the time of writing the green and coral options have been reduced to £15.
Overall, I was impressed with these oversocks. They provide a good level of protection and warmth and the fit is good – once you get them on. It would be nice if they were easier to put on, but this is a small price to pay for the extra ruggedness that the material provides.
High-vis and durable while keeping your feet warm – a good winter investment
road.cc test report
Make and model: Rapha Reflective Oversocks
Size tested: Large, Green
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Rapha says: "Robust and wind-resistant oversocks, introducing a pioneering reflective yarn for increased visibility."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Reflective yarn strip
Hardwearing and durable
With pre-cut, toughened cleat holes
Tough and durable material plus reinforced cleat holes and strong reflective elements all add up to a strong oversock.
Kept my feet warm, although they aren't completely windproof.
The Cordura material works very well and creates a strong, durable oversock.
No slipping even after a long, bumpy ride. Perhaps they could be easier to put on, but still quicker than a full overshoe.
Fitted well over several sets of shoes I tried them with.
Warm and largely windproof.
Expensive for an oversock, but durable and well made – and currently reduced to £15.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Washed just like a regular set of socks, easy.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed well, largely windproof, kept my feet warm and increased my visibility on the road.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The reflective elements, at this time of year being seen is essential and these work well.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Perhaps that they take a bit longer to put on... but given that this is due to them being more durable it is a minor gripe.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.